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    You've probably heard "have patience, it will happen", but that's not helping you right now.

    From the small amount you've written, it would seem that you need to "up the ante" with Gyp's focus on you. You have to make yourself more interesting than anything that's around for Gyp to be focussing on. More interesting than the ball. The ball should be the "reward" for doing the "work" at the end of the session.

    Try walking at a faster pace. They call it "walking with a purpose". Instead of pulling back on the lead, quickly go in the opposite direction & say something like "Let's go !!!" in a very excited voice. If you know how to teach "watch", please go back to refreshing Gyp on this command.

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    well she walks really well with a halti but i and she hates using it (the walk should be enjoyable for both of us) so i dont use it. i use a padded neck collar and she pulls using that, and i have a harness but its a cheap one (lead clips to the back) she pulls less with this though. i did the stopping thing for ages it gets so frustrating. it seems that every-time i go to move off again she pulls harder!

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    i will try the "walking with a purpose" method tonight on our walk cheers GSD

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    Have you ever used a check-chain, or a nylon training collar? I'm not a fan of the steel chainlink ones. Hste them actually, but I do love the nylong rolled edge ones. Same as a check-chain, only matreial instead.
    Do you know how to use one?

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    Are you are member of an obedience dog club ??

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    GSD: no ive done the training with her my self. this heeling business is the only thing she cant seem to grasp. im worried about taking her to obedience classes because she's not good with other dogs. she is super protective of me around other dogs and becomes aggressive. its a hard problem to fix as i dont know what she went through before we had her. and when we got her they said she was fine with other dogs (but this is because she hadnt made a bond with anyone there) she is fine with other dogs if she is with my OH


    DA. no ive never heard of the material chain link collars il have to google them

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    Quote Originally Posted by laura77 View Post
    well pulling back on the lead and saying no doesnt seem to alter the behavior. and when i reward her with a ball it turns into a ball game and not walking. ive also tried the stop and sit every time she pulls but that means doesnt allow us to go for a walk
    This was the problem I was having with Keeda. Stopping and ignoring her, walking in the other direction, saying "No", praising when she was doing it correctly, nothing seemed to work.

    One day when she stepped too far ahead, before she ran far enough ahead to pull on the leash, I gave her a light smack with the end of the leash. She instantly dropped to my side and visibly relaxed. It was like her high-strungness just melted away. Of course lots of verbal praise followed.

    After a couple of more walks with these corrections she stopped running ahead completely. Now when I see her getting a little too excited by something ahead I just have to give her a light verbal correction and she slows down and relaxes.

    She still has trouble when a dog walks right past us, but a few weeks ago a loose dog ran right at us and started snarling at her. She ducked behind my legs as I warded the dog off and once the dog was gone she just came back to my side and started walking in her heel like nothing happened.

    This was all done on a regular buckle collar, which is all I use except for our harness for cycling. I've tried no-pull harnesses and check chains before, they didn't help us at all. My mom still uses a no-pull harness, but she still pulls for her just as much - it just makes it easier for my mom to hang on to her as the harness lifts her up a little when she pulls.

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    Have you ever used a check-chain
    OH has been using one on Boss for the last couple of weeks. We dont need to use anymore. He knows what is so we just put it around his neck and walk him on a normal collar. He doesnt know the difference..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liza View Post
    This was the problem I was having with Keeda. Stopping and ignoring her, walking in the other direction, saying "No", praising when she was doing it correctly, nothing seemed to work.

    One day when she stepped too far ahead, before she ran far enough ahead to pull on the leash, I gave her a light smack with the end of the leash.
    How did you administer this? I'd like to try this with Jemima.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessicat View Post
    How did you administer this? I'd like to try this with Jemima.
    Well when we walk I hold the leash in my right hand and she walks on my right side. It's a regular-length dog leash and I always have slack in my hand, so when she would go too far ahead I'd swing the end of the leash and give her a smack on her outside side. It's pretty light, but enough for her to know it's there. Also be sure not to use those leashes with the hard plastic thing at the end like some of them have - I'd only use a soft nylon leash. Just so you know this is just a method that worked for us and I've only used it with this one dog, so I can't really preach it to others, it's just my experience. By this time Keeda was about a year or so old and definitely knew that she was -supposed- to heel, she just wasn't doing it and nothing else we tried was helping. So she learned what "heel" meant before I started giving her this type of correction.

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